IPL Team Strength and Weakness

IPL Team Strength and Weakness

Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals

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Strength

The good news for Rajasthan Royals is the return of Steve Smith, who was facing a 1 year long suspension from international cricket due to ball tampering. He is one of the best batsmen and hard hitters of the game if not the best.

The team has an interesting batting line in the form of Sanju Samson, Ajikya Rahane, Ben Strokes and Jos Butler, the galaxy of batting superstars make Rajasthan Royals a team to watch out for.

The team has a few quality spinners like Shreyas Gopal, Ish Sodhi and Krishnappa Gowtham, who are capable of providing crucial breakthrough on the spinner friendly UAE pitches.

Weakness

Rajasthan Royals pace battery is a cause of worry and weakness to exploit by the opposition. Their best bet Jaidev Unadkat can be a surprise package, but doesn’t cause any serious worry to the batsman, he isn’t dreadful.

Jofra Archer has some serious potential, but temperament is an issue. Other than that the form of Ajikya Rahane in T20 is questionable, he is fast between the wickets and lacks big lofty shots in the arsenal.

Player to Watch Out For

Steve Smith ( if available) and Sanju Samson are the players to watch out for their extraordinary out of the batting display. Both can easily adapt to any conditions and make runs coring as easy as pie.

Kings XI Punjab

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Strength

The batting line up of Kings XI Punjab on paper can give sleepless nights to the bowlers. The likes of black assassin Chris Gayle, new discovery Mayank Agarwal , Karun Nair and Lokesh Rahul. David Miller is a player to watch out for, he hasn’t been in the best of nicks in the recent past and looking for an opportunity to prove his mettle, IPL could be the one.

The spin department looks solid in the form of Ravinchandran Ashwin and Mujeeb Ur Rahman .

Weakness

The pace bowling department looks easy to score. Mohammad Shami and Hardus Viljoen in T20 format aren’t threatening and can be smashed by the quality batsmen easily. Other major concern is the availability of the players like Chris Gayle and Ashwin to due to world cup preparation, which will start in May.

Player to Watch Out For

Chris Gayle and David Miller are the players to watch out for. Chris Gayle has scored 368 runs in the IPL 2018 and would definitely look to improve the run tally. If he gets going, it will be dark night for the bowlers.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

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Strength

Royal Challengers look the most balanced team of the tournament. They have the best in the business in the likes of Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, Shimron Hetymer and Heinrich Klassen. Virat Kohli has been the part of the RCB squad since inception and is the second leading IPL scorer of all time.

The team comprises of good all-rounders including Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi,Colin De Grandhomme and uncapped million dollar baby Shivam Dubey that gives edge to RCB over other franchises.

They have a quality world class bowling unit, which includes Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Yuzwendra Chahal and Mohammad Siraj.

Weakness

Royal Challengers Bangalore has invested 10 years to claim the title of IPL chokers. They choke under pressure and often suffer from inconsistency. Somehow they find unique reasons to lose the match, which is beyond logic. The only loop hole of the squad is lack of consistency and below par temperament.

Players to Watch Out For

IPL new discovery Shivam Dubey and master batsman Virat Kohli are the players to watch out for this IPL season. Shivam is yet to be tested, but everyone knows Virat is going through the purple patch, his phoenix force can demolish even the best in the business easily.

Mumbai Indians

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Strength

The formidable batting line up of Mumbai Indians is the biggest strength of the team. The batting superstars have won the team 3 IPL trophies in the past. The likes of skipper Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Quinton De Kock and Ishan Kishan are the mainstays of the batting order.

The team is patrolled by few quality all-rounders like Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya and Keiron Pollard, who can change the game in 2 overs and are economical with the ball.

The bowling department is more lethal and dreadful than the batting, they have the likes of Jaspreet Bumarah, who was the pioneer of the demolition act in Australia down under. Lasith Malinga and Mayank Markande will also be crucial for their tracer bullet bowling.

Weakness

They have the skill, temperament and sheer class, but lacks consistency in the batting and bowling line up. Only Rohit Sharma has been the consistent performer both as a captain and batsman, rest players shows spark of brilliance during the initial phase, but fail miserably during crunch situations.

Players to Watch Out For

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma and Gujarat express Jasprit Bumarah are the players to watch out for Mumbai Indians during the IPL 2019. Rohit Sharma has scored 4493 runs in 178 matches.

Chennai Super Kings

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Strength

Chennai Super Kings is the most controversial and successful team of all time in the IPL history. They have won the IPL trophy thrice and have been the finalist on 2 occasions. The team has retained all the 22 players and will surely come up with sound tactic under the leadership of MS Dhoni.

The batting unit looks as strong as the Great Wall of China, including the names of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayadu and Murali Vijay. They share 14,542 runs between them in the last 10 years. The figures speak volumes for the players.

The all-rounder department is equally balanced with Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson and Dwayne Bravo.

The bowling department is in the safe hands of Dwayne Bravo, Mohit Sharma, Watson and Lungi Ngidi.

Weakness

The age factor was supposed to be the weak link for the team, but there is no such weak spot. The ageing factors proved the critics wrong. They were the favorites and still the favorites this season.

Players to Watch Out For

MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina are the players to watch out for this IPL 2019. This could be the last IPL for MSD and he wants to end the season as a champion.

Delhi Capitals

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Strength

The batting department of Delhi capitals is a treat for the eyes and nightmare for the bowlers. The openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw can tear apart any bowling attack with Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer to follow. All of them are in red hot form and can win the matches on their own.

The all-rounder department also looked settled in the form of Chris Morris and Axar Patel.

Weakness

The team lacks a quality pace attack to restrict the batsman from scoring. Only Ishant Sharma is the pick of the bowler, but mercurial attitude and wavered bowling could be the cause of worry for the team. The availability of foreign players is also a major concern.

Players to Watch Out For

Prithvi Shaw is the player to watch out for; he is already seen as a next cricket prodigy and could be the leading scorer of IPL 2019.

Kolkata Knight Riders

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Strength

Kolkata Knight Rider gave its best shot in balancing the team on all fronts. The juggernaut openers in the form of Sunil Naraine and Chris Lynn can give electrifying opening stand to the team leaving the middle order to capitalize. The middle order consists of dasher Robin Uthappa, Shubhman Gill and Dinesh Karthik making it one of the strongest batting line-up this season.

The all-rounder spot is filled by well deserving Andre Russell and Carlos Braithwaite to bring team out of the clutter during the crisis time. And above all the three legends of spinverse (Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav and Sunil Naraine) can fox any batsman across the globe with ease.

Weakness

The fast bowling department is fragile and less experienced to contemporaries. Shivam Mavi and Prasidh Krishna are effective, but lack experience to bowl at the death overs. Only Joe Denly is the shining spot, which had a wonderful season in the Big Bash League.

Players to Watch Out For

Dinesh Karthik and Sunil Naraine are the players to watch out for Kolkata Knight Riders.

Sunrisers Hyderabad

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Strength

David Warner David Warner David Warner…. No introduction, the name speaks for itself. His comeback will boost the morale and strength of the team. Other players, who can dazzle the UAE with their batting stroke play, are Kane Williamson, Johny Bairstow and Martin Guptill.

The bowling department looks even better with the likes of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Siddharth Kaul. If one bowler fails, the next can cover up and restrict or dismiss the batsman. It is probably the best bowling line up of the tournament by miles.

Weakness

The availability of foreign players like Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson and David Warner in the second half of the tournament is a big worry. In the absence of these foreign players, there are no quality players to back up.

Players to Watch Out For

David Warner and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar are the players to watch out for this season. Both are out of the team for a quite some time and are hungry to cover the lost ground and regain the lost reputation.

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